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Allen Eagle Escadrille TWIB Notes September 8-13, 2020

Message from Dr. Obado

  • ULTIMATE DRILL BOOK APP PRO: All students participating in the marching band should have already downloaded the UDBapp on their phones.
  • TUESDAY/THURSDAY EVENING REHEARSAL PROCEDURES: Red and Blue bands will start on the Track Stadium or Rugby Field at 6:00pm and will end on the track stadium at 8:30am. Bands will alternate their starting field every rehearsal.
  • DISTRIBUTION DAY & MARCHING BAND PICTURES: see information below
  • ALLEN BAND BOOSTER ASSOCIATION: See information from ABBA. Items include: donation drive fundraiser, membership, and spirit wear.
  • ELIGIBILITY & GRADES: Please check Skyward grades and be on the lookout for any grades below a 70. Students that have below a 70 in an on-level class after September 18 will be considered ineligible and will not be able to participate in football games and contests.

Ultimate Drill Book App Info

All students in the marching band are to download the Ultimate Drill Book App - Pro Version (UDBapp Pro) to their phones. It is a free download, however students need to register for a pre-paid license for each student in the marching band.

All of our drill sets will be available for each student on their UBDapp. Students will be able to learn their "dots" on their own. There are many tools students can use to be efficient and successful learning and cleaning their drill spots. By using the UDB app, we eliminate the need for paper or cutting individual coordinate sheets for band members. If a student is out from rehearsal, they can learn their spots BEFORE their next rehearsal on their own. Students can come to the Rugby Field any time to practice their spots.

While students need to continue bringing their IDs for attendance scan-in, we are testing a new procedure for taking attendance through their UDBapp.

See the link below for help: installation instructions, interface tutorials, and how to submit attendance.

If a student does not have a phone, they may download their coordinate charts, or coordinates from www.allenband.com. Go to the "Music & Drill" link on the home page. They will need to continue scanning in for attendance if we end up doing attendance through the UBDapp.

REHEARSAL PROCEDURES (Tues/Thurs: 6-8:30pm)

Students will ALTERNATE fields to start rehearsals and will all finish on the track stadium.

  • Tuesday 9/8: RED starts on Track/BLUE starts on Rugby
  • Thursday 9/10: RED starts on Rugby/BLUE starts on Track
  • BOTH GROUPS FINISH ON THE TRACK @ 8:30pm

We will follow the same traffic pattern as last week. Please only use the RUGBY FIELD check-in or TRACK STADIUM check-in.

If you arrive early to pick up your student, please park (in a parking spot) and wait for your students to come to you inside your car by the TRACK STADIUM. AISD policy still restrict parents from watching rehearsals.

Distribution & Picture Days

Dryfit T-Shirt Distribution

  • Tuesday, Sept 15 @ 8:30pm
  • Will distribute to students in the track stadium at the end of practice. Parents will be unable to leave their cars - AISD policy.

Picture Day (Full Marching Band)

  • Saturday, Sept 19 in Eagle Stadium
  • Time not determined, but as early as 7:00am (to avoid the sun on the field).
  • No instruments (percussion battery will need equipment/front ensemble will need mallets)
  • Face coverings required
  • Parents are not permitted
  • Students should wear their Dryfit T-shirt, khaki shorts, athletic shoes, ankle/no-show socks.
  • Mr. Singletary will instruct the color guard what to wear for picture day.

Field Jacket, Drawstring Bag, Spirit Item Distribution

  • Saturday, Sept 19 @ 7:45am (or after pictures are done) at Eagle Stadium parking lot.

Allen Band Booster Association (ABBA)

Stay up to date with band and color guard happenings on social media. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Donation Drive Fundraiser

This week we will set up to kick off our donation drive fundraiser. This fundraiser is important to the band and colorguard programs in funding for equipment, resources, scholarships and more. Please be on the lookout for important information on how to participate later this week. There will be great incentives for the students, too! For more information please visit the ABBA fundraising page (below).

Membership

It is not too late to join Allen Band Booster Association. This is one of the easiest ways to support the band and colorguard programs and receive great gifts such as shirts, tumblers, show patches and more.

Spirit Wear

We have some spirit wear left to purchase. Some items are limited in sizes so act quick. A distribution date to pick up already ordered items will be announced soon.

Eligibility & Grades

Check your grades on Skyward TODAY!

We will have another progress check at the end of the first 6-weeks on September 18th. If there are any students that have ONE failing grade (below 70) in an on-level course will be considered ineligible and will not be able to attend UIL sponsored performances (games and contests).

Three-Week Calendar

  • Sept. 8 (6-8:30p): Marching Rehearsal: Red Band (track)/Blue Band (rugby)
  • Sept. 10 (6-8:30p): Marching Rehearsal - Red Band (Rugby)/Blue Band (Track)

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  • Sept. 15 (6-8:30p): Marching Rehearsal: Red Band (track)/Blue Band (rugby)
  • SEPT 15: Pick up Dryfit T-shirts at end of rehearsal (students only)
  • Sept. 17 (6-8:30p): Marching Rehearsal - Red Band (Rugby)/Blue Band (Track)
  • Sept. 19: Band Pictures @ Eagle Stadium (Marching Band Students) - 7:00am

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  • Sept. 22 (6-8:30p): Marching Rehearsal: Red Band (track)/Blue Band (rugby)
  • Sept. 24 (6-8:30p): Marching Rehearsal - Red Band (Rugby)/Blue Band (Track)
  • Sept. 25: Sunrise Pep Rally @ Eagle Stadium (AHS students only - 7:15am call time)
  • Sept. 25: ALLEN EAGLE FOOTBALL! (Tom Landry Classic vs. Plano East) - Time TBA
Welcome to the Allen Eagle Escadrille! #MyBand

Credits:

Created with images by Travis Chiles "No Escape From Reality", Wesley Tingey - "untitled image" • Trent Erwin - "Hard at work" • Lauren Mancke - "Taking notes at coffee time" • Mat Reding - "untitled image" • Gabriel Benois - "Home School, quarantine :(" • Ron - "untitled image". Photo Credits: Calvin Ku